North students win 62 Scholastic Art Awards

The fine arts department at Downers Grove North High School recently announces the results of the judging from the 2021 Scholastic Art Awards held at the school and hosted by the Community High School District 99 fine arts departments.

Six hundred ninety five student artists representing 109 arts educators submitted 1,739 works of art for adjudication. Four hundred seventy five works were honored with recognitions.

Downers Grove North student artists won 62 awards, including 17 Gold Key Awards, 18 Silver Key Awards and 27 Honorable Mention Awards.

“We always look forward to hosting the Chicago-area regional exhibition at North High,” said Brayer Teague, fine arts department chairman. “COVID-19 necessitates that we pivot to a virtual exhibition, but the honor for students to be recognized through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is untarnished. The amazing display of student creativity will be a testament to the wonderful art teaching that is happening in District 99.”

According to Teague, the art teachers from both North and South high schools play an important role in putting the exhibition together.

“Our District 99 art teachers are the engine behind this regional affiliate of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards,” he said. “Their dedication and tireless commitment enables student artists from all over the suburban region to have their work evaluated by professional artists. The collection and adjudication of work, in the midst of a pandemic, was a Herculean task. I’m immeasurably proud of our District 99 faculty for their perseverance to organize the 2021 exhibition, assuring this important opportunity for students and art educators all over Chicago.”